Employees of Srinagar Municipal Corporation (SMC) Thursday held protest at SMC headquarters here demanding release of wages of consolidated workers.
Around 5,000 consolidated workers are without wages for two months. Almost, all SMC employee associations have joined the protest and extended support to the demand.
Protestors assembled in morning at SMC lawns and raised pro-justice slogans. Later, in afternoon, they intensified protests and announced stopping of all operation including sanitation and locking of ward offices from Friday till their demand is met.
President SMC Field Staffers, Choudhary Mehraj-ul-Din Bujja, who announced complete strike said, “consolidated workers come from poor families. They have to support families. In absence of wages, they are suffering. Some of our colleagues are not able to purchase life saving drugs for their old aged parents, their wards are asked to leave classrooms after they failed to deposit tuition fee,” he said.
He added that the association is aware about inconvenience to general public due to strike. “We apologize for that, but the matter pertains to hundreds of families whose only source of income has been put on hold,” he said.
“There has been no attempt by authorities to pacify the protestors. This forced us to intensify protests and call for complete strike from Friday,” he said.